Hey there –
Do you listen to podcasts? If so, you might find the first part of The Holy Post, Episode 357 “Nones Love Nuns” very interesting in a weird Disney/Christian/Human Nature sort of way. The Holy Post comes from a Protestant Christian perspective and the show always starts with some humorous commentary on recent news or human interest stories. Their first story takes about 8-1/2 minutes and is about a woman growing a nose on her spine as a result of stem cell research but the second story, which starts about 8-minutes and 45-seconds into the episode, was very interesting because it was about non-religious Millennials moving in with old catholic nuns and it moves into a discussion of human yearning for rituals. Phil Vischer, the creator of VeggieTales, is one of the hosts and he compares this to the rituals surrounding building your own light saber in Savi’s Workshop at Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the wand selection ritual at Universal Orlando. Then the story sort of pulls in elaborate Disney weddings where the wedding party dresses like Disney characters. I found it thought-provoking. That discussion ends at about the 25-minute point and then they have a guest interview which I have not yet listened to and probably should have before recommending the podcast. If this piques your interest at all, you can just search for “The Holy Post” on what ever podcast broadcasting platform you typically use or try http://thephilvischerpodcast.libsyn.com/ or ApplePodcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-holy-post/id591157388
It was interesting to me because I was raised in a church context that rejected traditional religious rituals as without being aware that we we did not actually eliminate rituals at all, we just replaced them with our own practices. As an adult, I attended a Catholic funeral for a young person who died tragically in a car accident and could see where those rituals could help you find your footing again when the circumstances of life send you reeling. I was interested to hear how some non-religious Millennials were looking at the formation of rituals as away to sustain them as they pursue various causes. Since I am a travel agent who focuses on Disney and Universal theme park vacations, I was intrigued by the popularity of the wand or light saber rituals and it interesting that the experience is very meaningful to people.